School Counselor Update

Highland High School

Semester 2 Schedules

We plan to have final Semester 2 schedules available on PowerSchool starting December 17th. Students will also be able to pick up a printed copy during lunch.

Schedule changes will take place the first 2 days of the semester. Changes are only for students who have a hole in their schedule, a class they have already taken or a level change where parent and teacher have discussed and approved.

Registration- 2019- 2020 School Year

Counselors will be meeting with students individually to talk about career and college plans and request courses for the 2019-2020 school year. Appointment times will be randomly assigned. Students will bring home forms that require a parent signature. Below are dates that forms with a signature are due. Forms may be turned in early. Failure to turn the form in by the due date will force the student's priority number for scheduling to move to the end of their grade level.

Class of 2020- Tues Dec. 4th

Class of 2021- Wed Jan. 23

Class of 2022- Wed Jan 30

New and Expanded Opportunities at HHS in 2019-2020

Click the links for more info about:

Family and Consumer Science Opportunities:

Building Trades Opportunities:

SWIC Running Start

Current Sophomores and Juniors may participate in the SWIC Running start program next year. For more information please visit

Before entering, a Junior should have passed the following courses at HHS: English- 2 credits; Geometry-1 credit; Algebra 2- 1 credit; Health- .5 credit, Science- 2 credits, and World History- 1 credit.

A Senior should have passed everything listed above as well as US History- 1 credit; Math- 1 credit (3 total), English- 1 credit (3 total).

More information about signing up will be given out in the spring. Contact your HHS School Counselor if interested.

Representatives from SWIC will be here on Wednesday Feb. 20th at 6:30pm for a parent night.

Collinsville Area Vocational Center

HHS Juniors and Seniors may participate in courses at the Collinsville Area Vocational Center.

Students may take courses in the following career tracks:

Automotive Maintance

Auto body Repair

Criminal Justice



Precision Machining

Clinical Health Occupations

For additional information:

An application is required. Please see your school counselor if interested.

A parent informational meeting is being scheduled for early 2019.

Illinois Career Information System

The Illinois Career Information System is a great tool for college and career exploration. Students can complete interest inventories, search majors, colleges and compare schools.

It's never to early to start researching college and career possibilities.

SAT testing and prep

Juniors will be taking the SAT as part of State testing in April. College board accounts can be used for Khan Academy practice and to see and send scores. These accounts are free. See your school counselor if you need help setting one up. Students who took the PSAT will be provided their registration number to link their scores with their account as soon as we receive those.

ACT Testing

The ACT is important in determining the types of colleges in which a student will have the best chance for gaining admission. It is also one component of a students college application.

For testing dates, registration deadlines and more information visit

Exam information

Semester 1 final exams will take place on Dec. 19th, 20th, and 21st. Students should contact their individual teachers to determine exemptions.

Semester Exams count for 20% of a students semester grade.

Dec. 19th- Final exams periods 1, 2 and 3

Dec. 20th- Final exams periods 4 and 5

Dec. 21st- Final exams periods 6 and 7

Mark your calendar

Jan. 8th- Semester 2 begins

Jan 23rd- Class of 2021 Signed Registration Forms due

Jan 30th- 8th grade parent night

Jan 30th- Class of 2022 Signed Registration Forms due

Feb 24th- SWIC College Fair

February- Advanced Placement Test sign up

Highland HS School Counselors

Last names A-He: Mrs. Amber Spaeth

Last names Hi-O: Mrs. Mary Jackson

Last names P-Z: Mrs. Carrie Lieberman